"Alexandra Nowakowski is delightful as the salacious Zerbinetta, tossing off her high E’s and her trills with aplomb. "
THE CULTURAL CRITIC
Praised for her "impassioned singing" by Opera News, coloratura soprano Alexandra Nowakowski recently won First Prize in the Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition with the Kosciuszko Foundation. A first generation Polish-American, fluent in Polish and a dual citizen of the EU who trained at the Academy of Vocal Arts, Alexandra is currently a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at the Washington National Opera. In the 2018/19 season, she sings Nannetta in Act 1 of Falstaff and Clorinda in the La Cenerentola sextet with the WNO Orchestra under Joseph Colaneri. She joins the Apollo Orchestra in scenes from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier as Sophie, and debuts with the Columbus Symphony for Mozart's Requiem under the baton of Rossen Milanov. She also participates in the Joyce DiDonato Master Class at Carnegie Hall, broadcast live on medici.tv. Nowakowski was the First Prize winner of the Vocal Arts DC Art Song Discovery competition, presenting a solo recital at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2019 she sings Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with Wolf Trap Opera.
Elsewhere, Alexandra debuted as Gilda in Rigoletto with the Verbier Festival under the baton of Stanislav Kochanovsky, broadcast live on medici.tv. She recently had a major orchestral debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Stéphane Denève, for which she was praised by Philadelphia Magazine for "command[ing] with her warm upper range." Ms. Nowakowski is passionate about baroque repertoire and recently had her debut singing the Bach B Minor Mass with the Bach Society Houston. Other concert repertory includes Carmina Burana, BWV 199, and the Bach Magnificat.
Highlights during her time at AVA include Zerbinetta and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Gilda in Rigoletto, Sophie in Werther, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, and Musetta in La bohème. Other past roles include Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with the Philadelphia Sinfonia, covering Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Wolf Trap Opera, and Dido in Dido and Aeneas with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana. Alexandra is working on other lyric coloratura roles to add to her repertoire, including Marie in La fille du Régiment, Ophélie in Hamlet, Amina in La sonnambula, and Fiakermilli in Arabella.
Nowakowski is a First Prize winner of the Gerda Lissner Foundation Competition and the Violetta DuPont Competition. She took Second Prize in the Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition, FAVA's Grand Concours de Chant, and the Dorothy-Lincoln Smith Voice Competition. She has garnered significant top awards from the Loren L. Zachary Society Vocal Competition, the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition, and is a 2019 Encouragement Award winner from Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in the Middle Atlantic Region. She has also been a scholarship recipient from the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation, and the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship. Alexandra holds a Bachelors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.